A day after the end of COP26, minister does not comment on deforestation data for Brazil

One day after the end of the COP26, the UN climate change conference, the Minister of the Environment, Joaquim Leite, he limited himself to saying that “every crime must be fought” when asked about the new record of deforestation registered in October in the Amazon.

The data was released on Friday (). On the date, he told the press in Glasgow, the Scottish city that hosted the event, that he had not followed the figures, as he was “focused on the negotiations”. The world meeting, initially scheduled to end on Friday, was extended until this Saturday ().

” I must have a meeting with Minister Anderson , because every crime has to be fought and we are going to increase the National Force, Federal Police, Ibama and ICMBio”, said Leite this Sunday (14), while waiting in Frankfurt , in Germany, to board a flight to São Paulo.

“This week, returning to Brazil, I should already have a meeting with him to increase my presence [da fiscalização]”, he said. Leite, however, did not comment on the 5% increase in the area deforested in the month, a total of 877 km². The number is the highest for the period since 2016, according to data from the Deter system, from Inpe (National Institute for Space Research).

The minister considers the Brazilian participation in the conference as a success, due to the approval of the carbon market model created by the ministry — but presented by Japan. According to him, the Japanese presented the text as a “negotiation strategy.” The Asian country shielded the proposal from the credibility crisis faced by Brazil.

“Now, we’ll see there will be a strategy to generate credit in various ways”, he declared. The carbon market works with an exchange: countries and companies that manage to reduce emissions can sell credits so that others can reach their goals. He said he was, however, disappointed with the position of developed nations in relation to climate finance.

“Unfortunately, the rich countries did not come prepared for what they should have come. , with more volume [de verba] for the most fragile countries. Brazil, as the strong economy that it is, understands that resources have to go to the most fragile ones and there are many people who need resources to make the transition to a green economy,” he said.

Reporter Jessica Maes traveled to Glasgow as part of the 2021 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism exchange organized by the Internews ‘Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security.

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